What is a Broadcast Channel on Instagram?

The broadcast channel is a relatively new feature on Instagram, which enables Creators to connect directly with their followers. The…

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The broadcast channel is a relatively new feature on Instagram, which enables Creators to connect directly with their followers.

The purpose of a broadcast channel is to create a direct stream through which a Creator can share updates and announcements with followers who choose to join the channel.

From an experience perspective, the broadcast channel is a bit like being part of one big DM chain – except the only person who can send messages is the creator. The channel appears in your inbox as a user, with any updates sent via the channel appearing as notifications in your inbox.

Why Should Creators Use a Broadcast Channel?

The beauty of a broadcast channel is that it gives Creators a direct way to message and update their most active followers – safe in the knowledge that updates and announcements will not be missed.

As a Creator, you can announce live streams and launches to your broadcast channel to maximise engagement and exposure, create polls and questions that provoke feedback from your followers, and share behind the scenes and candid updates with ease.

The overall benefit of the broadcast channel is that it ensures content doesn’t get lost in the minefield that is an Instagram newsfeed. This is a way of directly connecting with your most interactive and engaged followers.

Are you part of a broadcast channel? Perhaps you’re a creator who has joined one of these channels for yourself? Whatever your personal experience, these channels are designed to incite and encourage different levels of engagement on a deeper level, particularly between creators and their audience.